One of the most commonly asked questions I get is, "How can I save money on my wedding?" There are LOTS of ways! But here are seven of the many that will help you so that your wedding doesn't leave you with ten bucks to your name!
1. Decide what is most important to you
This is is key to saving money for your big day. What is it that most matters to you? If you have been dreaming of peonies since you were a little girl but couldn't are less about getting chavari chairs- then go with the white resin chairs and get your peonies. Or if you are set on having a quartet for your ceremony, maybe use flowers that are in season instead of what you had originally pictured. Deciding what you can't live without having in your wedding will help you cut costs elsewhere for things that don't matter as much to you.
2. Go for a less traditional day
Although Saturdays are great in terms of travel and being around people's work schedules, having your wedding on a Friday or Sunday can mean thousands of dollars in saved costs. Especially if most of your guests are close, hold it on one of those days!
3. Use flowers that are in season
Unless you are dying to have a certain flower, use ones that are in season to save costs. You can look up online which flowers come in your colors and which season they are going to be the least expensive in. You can also use more greens and less actual flowers in order to save costs. Choosing a retailer (such as Costco) that offers floral choices for better prices is a good option to go with as well. Just make sure you plan accordingly!
4. Choose buffet over banquet
While the elegance of a banquet dinner is hard to match, having a buffet style dinner where the guests serve themselves will save you TONS of money. You will not have to pay servers and will not need to spend as much per plate (or as much on utensils). Opt for a serve-yourself food arrangement to save some money and you can still make it elegant in the way you decorate it or the food you serve.
5. Forget the favors
Favors can be a great touch to a wedding if you do them right. However, most favors just get tossed after the wedding and the guests don't care about them too much to begin with. If you don't have a meaningful favor idea and it isn't extremely important for you to have them, consider having a thank you note at their place setting instead or nix the favors in general.
6. Choose household items for your decor
Having centerpieces can get to be very expensive, and many aren't used except for the day of. They end up in storage or going back to the rental company. Consider using picture frames, books, lanterns, plants and candles that you can reuse as decor in your home after the wedding. This will save you money because instead of spending on home decor and centerpieces, they will be one in the same!
7. Have a potluck style dessert bar
If you have people in your family that enjoy baking, and want a more home-y feel to your wedding then think about asking certain aunts, bridesmaids, cousins, etc. to bring their signature dessert dish to the wedding! The dessert bar will have a lot of character and more diverse flavors than you would if you went with the standard cakes, cupcakes, cookies, etc.
It's important to research what you can do to decrease costs so that you can save the money for later on once you have mortgage, car payments and other expenses to take care of. The possibilities are endless when it comes to saving money!